Reading and Writing Strategies for the Secondary Science Classroom in a PLC
Equip middle school and high school students with the literacy support they need to think like scientists. Develop collaborative teams between science teachers and literary leaders to generate stronger instructional practices and improve student learning outcomes.
- Understand the role that professional learning communities (PLCs) and science teachers play in literacy development and student-centered learning.
- Foster student engagement by utilizing adaptable strategies and literacy resources for developing pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading skills.
- Learn why collaboration among different disciplines can enhance literacy instruction in secondary science education.
- Obtain tools and techniques for designing meaningful assessments that align literacy and science standards and improve student learning outcomes.
- Gain reflective knowledge to strengthen science and literacy instructional practices, encouraging learners to think like scientists.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Every Teacher Is a Literacy Teacher
Chapter 1: Collaboration, Learning, and Results
Chapter 2: Foundational Literacy Triage
Chapter 3: Prereading
Chapter 4: During Reading
Chapter 5: Postreading
Chapter 6: Writing
Chapter 7: Assessment
- Figure 1.1: Content Standard–Analysis Tool
- Figure 1.2: Review Tool to Discern Whether Text Tasks Match Complex Disciplinary Literacy Demands
- Activating Background Knowledge Strategy
- Anticipation Guide
- Evaluating Claim Statements and Supporting Them With Evidence
- Expanded Information Chart to Extend Thinking
- Five Words Recording Sheet
- Frayer Model Template
- Predicting and Confirming Activity
- Recalling Previous Reading to Prepare for New Learning
- Rubric to Provide Timely and Effective Feedback
- Sample Two-Paragraph Template
- Self-Questioning Tool
- Simple T-Chart for Taking Notes
- Text-Dependent Questioning Graphic Organizer
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